A man prohibited from owning firearms was found guilty of firearms offences on Tuesday, 25 April, after detectives proved he was not an antique guns collector as he professed to be.
Detectives told the Old Bailey how they launched an investigation after becoming aware that Sultan Meer (pictured), 29 of The Roundway, Haringey was trying to source firearms. Meer is prohibited from possessing firearms following his conviction in 2014 for a non-firearms related offence.
Working on intelligence that Meer was surreptitiously seeking to take delivery of parcels containing firearms, detectives seized the parcels and then proved that it was Meer who had ordered them.
The packages contained a Bulldog Elvria Pocket Revolver (pictured) dating back to the 1900s and a .320 Centre-Fire Five-Shot Bulldog Revolver dating back to 1934.
Specialist forensic officers tested the firearms, proving that although they were obsolete they were both were capable of firing bullets and potentially lethal.
After recovering these firearms, detectives executed a search warrant at Meer’s home on 29 November 2016 and arrested him. During their search of his home, detectives uncovered two more firearms in his laundry basket on the upstairs landing.
The firearms were a silver, Belgian six-shot Vellodog revolver and a Belgian six-shot Bulldog revolver. Again, forensic specialists tested the guns, proving both were capable of firing.
While Meer pleaded guilty on 18 April 2017 to two counts of possession of firearms by a person previously convicted of crime, he denied two counts of possession of weapons subject to general prohibition and two counts of purchasing a prohibited firearm.
He claimed at court that the guns were antique and that he was a firearms collector, but detectives had carried out extensive checks into Meer’s activities, tracking down legitimate firearms dealers he had been in contact with who recalled having conversations with Meer in which he enquired about obtaining bullets and bullet components for the guns. This strongly indicated that he intended for the guns to be used – not kept as keepsakes.
In addition detectives retrieved crucial evidence linking him to the guns, including a declaration form, signed by Meer, stating that he was not prohibited from possessing a gun, when he purchased an Otis Smith .38 revolver.
The Otis Smith revolver has not been recovered – police believe that Meer sold the gun on and intended to do the same with the four guns they recovered.
Meer is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 2 June.
The investigation was led by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, who were considered the most appropriate unit to investigate at the time, although Meer has not been arrested for or charged with terrorism offences. The Counter Terrorism Command was supported by Trident and Area Crime Command.
Detective Chief Superintendent Alexis Boon of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command said, “We strongly believe that Meer had sold a gun and intended to sell these ones also. He had certainly looked into obtaining the ammunition so that the guns were ready to use. They were in full working order and so, in the wrong hands, could have been lethal.”